Career planning

The MIT Global Education & Career Development Office (GECD) serves graduate students as well as undergraduates. See their web site for personal or online resources to explore career options, prepare, and apply to positions of interest. GECD also recommends the Individual Development Plan (IDP) for Graduate Students and Postdocs in the Sciences, an interactive, web-based tool to help graduate students and post docs set and achieve long-term and short-term career goals. Developed primarily by career professionals who work with advanced students and postdocs, it includes an assessment portion, suggests tailored career directions you may want to explore based on your results, and offers information about those career paths.  It provides you with a clear process for how to explore your options and track your progress.  You are also welcome to bring in your IDP results to career advising sessions in Career Services, to discuss your results with a counselor. Another resource provided through GECD and supported by ODGE is MIT’s subscription to The Versatile PhD, a web-based resource for PhDs considering careers beyond academia.  The subscription can be accessed through GECD’s webpage and student CareerBridge accounts.  Once students register, they can simply log into the site directly.

Through the MIT Alumni Association’s Infinite Connection, students can access job openings posted by alumni, browse the online alumni directory, participate in professional networking and career change through the Institute Career Assistance Network (ICAN), and participate in the Student/Alumni Externship Program.

The Academics, Research, and Careers (ARC) Committee of the Graduate Student Council pursues academic and career-related advocacy issues. Visit their web site for current information.

The Path of Professorship workshop for graduate and post-doctoral women is an opportunity to learn more about purusing an academic career.